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why does my cat lick plastic and just about everything?
Type of Animal
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cat
Age of Animal
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12
Sex of Animal
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Male
Breed of Animal
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tabby
Last date your pet was examined by a vet?
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April 18, 2000
City
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cincinnati
State/Province
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ohio
Country
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united states
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Many cats lick excessively as a compulsive disorder and we feel it is because they were weaned off of their mother's milk too soon. The suckling and licking that a cat does releases "feel good" hormones called endorphins and essentially calm the cat down. It is like a young child sucking their thumb when they're upset.
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Thank you for helping me with the questions I sent you.  very helpful.   thanks.
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my cat not only licks but actually consumes plastic and paper (bathroom tissue, napkins, etc.) I worry about this being harmful to her in the long run. She is 4 yrs old and has always done this but it has become worse. I give her plenty of food all day long. She weights about 12 lbs. Will this harm her and how can I change this behavior?
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I'm sure it probably is harmful.  I would ask a vet. right away!
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